Nuance Launches Its First Modern Standard Arabic Text-to-Speech Voice

EMEA Vanessa Richter Nuance Communications International +32-9-239 80 31 Email: vanessa.richter@nuance.com

 

Nuance VocalizerTM Voice Portfolio Now Features Arabic Male Voice Maged; Supports More Than 40 Languages Featuring 54 Different Voices

Belgium - GHENT, September 22, 2009 – Nuance Communications, Inc. today introduced its firstModern Standard Arabic voice for the recently launched Nuance Vocalizer 5 text-to-speech (TTS) family. The new male TTS voice, named Maged, is immediately available and enriches Nuance’s industry leading spoken output solutions. The new male TTS voice Maged has been designed with a high-performance and compact linguistic module that addresses the problem of vowel restoration in Arabic in any context. As with other Nuance Vocalizer voices,Maged is a natural-sounding synthesized voice that can deliver any spoken output, and can be deployed in a number of applications and services, including automated customer service and turn-by-turn directions in most popular navigation devices. Nuance Vocalizer delivers enhanced accuracy and reliability by blending text-to-speech with pre-recorded audio for seamless conversations with the user, such as driving directions including precise street name announcement. “The introduction of our first Arabic voice shows our commitment to delivering best-of-breed technology throughout the world, particularly the global mobile and the automotive industries that demand incredibly broad language support,” said Arnd Weil, general manager, Nuance Automotive. “By adding Maged, we are creating new opportunities for car manufactures in Arabic speaking countries where there is a critical demand for in-car systems communicating in the Arabic language.” Nuance is constantly working to extend and update its text-to-speech portfolio to meet the localized needs of a global audience. Nuance currently offers Vocalizer spoken output solutions for more than 40 languages featuring 54 different voices, including not only the North American and Western European languages, but also Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Czech, Polish, Russian and Turkish, as well as a broad Asian language portfolio including Hindi, Indian English, Australian English, Indonesian, Thai, Chinese, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean. For more information and to sample Nuance’s full portfolio of TTS languages and voices, please visit www.nuance.com About Nuance Communications, Inc. Nuance is the leading supplier of speech and imaging solutions for business and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications, and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share, and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

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